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Pompeii, Sorrento ,Positano and a medical emergency at sea

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On June - 19 - 2007

It was 95 degrees when we toured Pompeii – record highs for this time of year all around the Mediterranean. I am told our entire cruise will more than likely be bathed in a heat wave temperatures. The locals are complaining it feels like August. I have to say Pompeii is much prettier than when I toured eight years ago in the month of November. The flowers are blooming and the grass is green – even Vesuvius is emerald-esque.

There were 16 of us on a small tour bus and we had a terrific guide named Elizabetta who works for Aloschi Brothers Tour Company. We did an abbreviated two hour tour – my last tour was four hours which allowed for viewing the Villa – the best preserved section of Pompeii. While I was disappointed I did see the new sections and the auditoriums – very interesting. When we visited the “brothels” I had some ‘splaining to do. There nothing like having a 10-year-old say why are those people in the painting playing leapfrog naked?

I wish we could have spent more time in Sorrento – it was full of ‘touristas.’ But the smell of lemons is entoxicating. Who cares about tourists you feel lemony fresh here. A Sorrento lemon is a must-see they are the size of grapefruits – stop by and have some granache from the street vendor for 1.50 euros.

Postitano is everything you hear about. This charming town is a place you just want to sit down and slowly sip an espresso – except its too damn hot! It’s limoncello for me; lemon granache for the kids.

Paul Allen’s yacht “Octopus” is moored off the coast. He sure knows how to live it up. I wish I had my Steelers hat on along with Terrible Towel – rub in the Super Bowl victory from two years ago. Then again, it’s too hot to wear that stuff.

When we returned to the ship things seemed normal until we did a big U-turn at dinner time. Unfortunately, we had to divert to the Salerno to take off an ill German man. He had a heart attack onboard. An Italian Coast Guard cutter came to the side of the ship where the passenger would be transferred. I hope he’s okay.

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4 Responses to “Pompeii, Sorrento ,Positano and a medical emergency at sea”

  1. I’m surprised that they let 10-year olds in to see the brothels at Pompeii. When I was there years ago, the risque artworks were off-limits unless you were deemed old enough to see them. Guess the viewing age is a lot younger than it used to be!
    Thanks for the post!

  2. Janice says:

    Another member of the Steeler Nation!

  3. nadja007 says:

    I think it is very important to be prepared in most of everything that possible happen especially for the emergencies.

  4. Pompeii get to be so hot I would think that 95 degrees wouldn’t be that bad. Those poor dogs though that sit at the entrance. They desperately need more water bowls.


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